Lilies forum: Chalk and Lilies

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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 11, 2015 12:55 AM CST
I was on a website last night that suggested putting a couple sticks of chalk around each lily bulb when planting them and it said it would work as a fertilizer. Anyone heard of this? I tried googling it and can't seem to find any info.
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Moby
Jul 11, 2015 8:57 AM CST
I could see it as a source of calcium.... curious to see what the smart folks say. Smiling
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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Jul 11, 2015 9:44 AM CST

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Hadn't heard of that. Maybe the chalk market needed a boost. Hilarious!

Was it a reputable website? Can you post the link Susan? Interesting none the less. I recall reading about planting an aspirin with Lily bulbs years ago too.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Jul 12, 2015 6:00 AM CST
I can't seem to find the website again. It was a small company that sold lilies along with other plants. Did find an old thread on DG that mentions Fine Gardening may have shared it as a tip on one time too.

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patweppler
Jul 12, 2015 6:54 AM CST
I am not sure about this either and not heard of it
but with the cost of chalk here in Ontario and the cost of a bit of bone meal with each of the bulbs and then some 10 10 10 in small doses........I would think this way is cheaper then with the chalk for fertilizer for the bulbs..
I used 10 10 10 here and had to special order it for my lilies this year.....
you just mix it around the bulbs as they are shooting up and a little more or they come into flower....
so far it has worked........
this method is not to used on new bulbs they say
just the bone meal

but will be interesting to see what the smart people say about the chalk on here

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